Wawasee’s Dominic Blair finds room to run against Goshen Saturday in the JV season finale at Warrior Field. (Photo by Mike Deak)
Wawasee 14, Goshen 0 – stats were not provided.
Concord 28, Warsaw 8 – Colton Wampler had Warsaw’s only touchdown, the two-point conversion achieved by Jackson Dawson.
IOWA 26, PURDUE 20
Iowa’s defense might be as good as any in America.
The Hawkeyes’ offense is lagging way behind though, and that inconsistency is threatening to submarine their season.
Mekhi Sargent ran for a 14-yard score with 2:16 left and 23rd-ranked Iowa held off Purdue 26-20 on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Tyler Goodson scored his first career touchdown from a yard out and Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who also broke a two-game skid against the Boilermakers (2-5, 1-3).
”Really happy with the level of effort and perseverance,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. ”Obviously we’re still working on finding a better rhythm offensively.”
Purdue made the Hawkeyes – who entered the game as a 17-point favorite – earn this one.
The Boilermakers cut it to 19-13 on J.D. Dellinger’s 36-yard field goal with 2:59 left. Purdue was assessed a personal foul after squibbing the ensuing kickoff to midfield, though, and runs of 21 and 14 yards by Sargent gave the Hawkeyes the cushion they’d been looking for all day.
Jack Plummer’s 1-yard TD pass to Payne Durham with 24 seconds left made Purdue the first team this season to score 20 on the Hawkeyes. But Iowa secured the onside kick and survived – and Wisconsin’s stunning loss at Illinois gave an unexpected boost to the Hawkeyes’ hopes in the West Division race.
David Bell caught 13 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown for Purdue, which ran for just 33 yards after entering the day 129th out of 130 teams in rushing.
”We just have to worry about getting better, getting more efficient,” Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said.
Duncan hit field goals of 30, 44, 42 and 38 yards on a wet afternoon in Iowa City. He’s now 17 of 19 on the season.
”Of course, we’ve rather kick extra points,” Duncan said. ”But it’s fun to go get some field goals.”
INDIANA 34, MARYLAND 28
After losing his job to a freshman, Peyton Ramsey never abandoned the work ethic that enabled him to start 12 games at quarterback for Indiana last year.
Ramsey’s willingness to be ready at a moment’s notice paid off handsomely Saturday for the gritty junior, who threw for 193 yards and a touchdown in a relief role to help the Hoosiers beat Maryland 34-28.
Ramsey took over for injured Michael Penix Jr. with 12 minutes left in the second quarter and Indiana ahead 14-7. Showing no small measure of poise, Ramsey exuded calm in the huddle and finesse while running the offense.
“I’m just so proud of Patrick Ramsey,” coach Tom Allen said. “What an absolutely awesome young man. He was ready to play when called upon. It’s been tough on him, but he’s the ultimate team player. He proved his value to his teammates today.”Coming off a season in which he threw for 2,875 yards and 19 touchdowns, Ramsey was displaced as the starter by Penix, a redshirt freshman with a dynamic left arm. Instead of moping or seeking a transfer, Ramsey stayed on as a backup and made the best of the situation.
“You take a lot of pride in being the guy, so be able to accept that, a lot of guys can’t,” Allen said. “He chose to stay for this football team. Not just stay, but be prepared every week.”
Ramsey may not be done as a starter. Allen would not describe any aspect of the injury to Penix except to say, “I’m not sure what next week holds, but I don’t think it’s a long term thing.”
It may not matter, because Ramsey looked good behind center after a short period of adjustment. He got a field goal out of his first drive and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook before halftime for a 24-21 lead.
“I started off a little shakier than I would have liked to, but I knew the game plan, knew where the ball was supposed to go,” Ramsey said. “It was just getting that first drive out of my system, and then I felt good after that.”
With Ramsey leading the way, the Hoosiers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) amassed 520 yards, including 334 through the air against the worst pass defense in the conference. Ramsey went 20 for 27 and ran for 46 yards.
Penix was 9 for 14 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Stevie Scott took care of the ground game, grinding out 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Javon Leake ran for a career-high 158 yards and two scores for Maryland (3-4, 1-3), which has lost four of five under first-year coach Michael Locksley.
The Terrapins had a shot at the end, but their final two possessions ended in turnovers.
“We didn’t make plays when we had opportunities to,” Locksley lamented. “We had two drives at the end there to win the ballgame and we didn’t get it done. Ended those two drives with turnovers. Good teams don’t beat themselves, and we continue to do it. I have to get us fixed.”
A 9-yard touchdown run by Scott put Indiana ahead 31-21 in the third quarter, but Maryland answered with a 1-yard TD run by Leake following a 52-yard completion from Tyrrell Pigrome to Tyler Mabry.
It was still 31-28 with 3:42 remaining when Indiana’s Juwan Burgess stripped the ball from Leake and pounced on the loose ball at the Maryland 15. That set up a field goal, and the Terrapins got to the Indiana 42 before an interception ended their final threat.
“We played our heart out. I know that for a fact,” Leake said. “We just made some bad turnovers at the end.”
Starting a second straight game for injured starter Josh Jackson, Pigrome completed 17 of 27 passes for 210 yards. His last pass, picked off by Reese Taylor, was one he would like back.
“I thought the line protected well on that play,” Pigrome said. “It was me. I just overthrew the ball a little bit.”
Penix and Ramsey combined for 280 yards passing in the first half, and each threw a touchdown.
The Hoosiers got their first score on a 28-yard pass from Penix to Donavan Hale and went up 14-7 when Scott ran in from the 3.
Indiana was poised to add to the advantage when Antoine Brooks Jr. picked off a deflected pass in the end zone. Leake then peeled off a 60-yard touchdown run.
BALL STATE 52, TOLEDO 14
Drew Plitt threw three touchdowns and Malik Dunner ran for two scores and Ball State dominated Toledo 52-14 on Saturday.
The Cardinals (4-3, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) built a 38-0 lead by halftime. Plitt threw touchdowns of 24 and 39 yards to Riley Miller in a 2½-minute span following Ryan Rimmler’s 42-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 17-0 lead. Dunner had a 51-yard touchdown run early in the second.
Before intermission, Walter Fletcher had a 3-yard TD run and Plitt threw a 36-yard score to Justin Hall.
Ball State outgained Toledo in total yardage 580-309 with 374 coming from the Cardinals’ rushing attack. Ball State converted half their 12 third-down conversion attempts and were 2 of 2 on fourth down.
Plitt was 11-for-17 passing for 206 yards, Caleb Huntley ran for 119 yards on 20 carries and Dunner tallied 90 yards on two carries. His 39-yard TD run with 1:53 left in the third quarter made it 52-7.
Ronnie Jones was the lone bright sport for the Rockets (4-3, 1-2) with 72 yards rushing on eight carries and two scores.